HHS Term Table Update

It’s a new year, but NTEU’s fight for your contract continues.

Our chapter president at FMCS for term bargaining
Our chapter president at FMCS for term bargaining

At the end of last year, NTEU and HHS concluded two weeks of contract negotiations with a federal mediator, as ordered by the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). The unfairly abbreviated bargaining continued a contentious tone with HHS refusing to meet face-to-face with NTEU’s bargaining team and advising NTEU to submit any questions on proposals in writing. Continue reading “HHS Term Table Update”

HHS Term Table Update

Here is an HHS term table update from this week.

I heart telework stickerYesterday, HHS proposed curtailing telework to one day a week, while permitting managers to eliminate telework altogether for employees if managers see fit. Under HHS’ proposal, this would be subject to managers’ sole discretion and could not be challenged. This would impact thousands of bargaining unit employees who, for years, have teleworked, many for several days a pay period. Continue reading “HHS Term Table Update”

Congressional Support for HHS Bargaining

Key Senator urges HHS Secretary Azar to come back to the bargaining table with NTEU.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)

Yesterday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), which has jurisdiction over federal employee collective bargaining rights, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar asking that he come back to the table and bargain in good faith with NTEU. Continue reading “Congressional Support for HHS Bargaining”